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Prime Minister Christopher Luxon returning from Southeast Asian trip

Radio New Zealand

21 April 2024

Representatives from Te Matatini had helped to set New Zealand apart, including cultural elements in the visits, Luxon said.

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Matatini Herenga Waka Herenga Tangata National Festival in Tāmaki in 2023

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and mana motuhake take centre stage at FestPAC 2024

Creative NZ

8 March 2024

Te Whānau-ā-Apanui is set to grace the international stage at FestPAC in Hawai’i this June, with their journey promising more than just haka but a powerful demonstration of mana motuhake, the assertion of indigenous autonomy and identity.

From left to right: Path of Exile and Mini Metro, both developed in New Zealand, and the winning team from Te Matatini in 2023

An investment in Te Matatini and the gaming sector is an investment in arts and culture

The Spinoff

23 May 2023

Last week’s budget did include funding for the arts and culture sector – just not the arts and culture we’re used to seeing funded. And it’s long overdue, writes Sam Brooks.

The power of kapa haka can change the power of Aotearoa

The Spinoff

25 August 2022

“Kapa haka is a gateway concept: you open the door to kapa haka, you open the door to te ao Māori and that makes it hugely rich,” says Linda Waimarie Nikora.

Ngā Hua a Te Matatini Webinar!


23 June 2022

Te Matatini has a connection to the Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association [APATA], which is Australia’s uniting body for teachers, educators and industry practitioners working and creating in the performing arts.


Te AO Maori News

11 March 2022

The inaugural National Kapa Haka Festival has big plans for its 50th anniversary.

Te Hoe Ki Mātangireia, a pan-tribal group from Australia, are set to take to the stage at the kapa haka senior regional competitions in the Gold Coast this weekend.

Kapa haka groups from across Australia compete to qualify for Te Matatini 2025

Radio New Zealand

19 April 2024

Kapa haka groups from across Australia will gather on the Gold Coast this weekend for the regional competitions to find the groups who will qualify for Te Matatini 2025.

A new Kapahaka team hoping to make a big impact at Matatini

Seven Sharp

8 March 2024

It started with a karakia before work to bring everyone together.
Then it grew into something they never dared to imagine - a work based kapahaka that now has them aiming for a part in the biggest dance of all, Te Matatini.

Te Waka Huia at Te Matatini

Te Matatini’s plans to take kapa haka on to a global stage

NZ Herald

22 May 2023

The global stage is where the Te Matatini board and the Government hope to take the kapa haka event.

And the $30 million funding increase given to Te Matatini in last week’s Budget will help catapult the indigenous tournament into a big-time must-see global event.

The Power and Purpose of Kapa Haka

E Tangata

10 July 2022

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Te Matatini, Aotearoa’s foremost celebration of kapa haka excellence. Over the last half-century, kapa haka has experienced rapid growth in popularity and become part of our national consciousness.


Te AO Maori News

14 April 2022

“We actually haven’t stopped preparing for Te Matatini. We’ve had a lot of hui with ngā kapa o Tāmaki to ensure when the time does come, we are ready.”

– Monique Maipi Pihema – Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

Hawai’i set to host FestPAC for the first time

Te Karere, Facebook

16 April 2024

The largest celebration of Pacific Island culture is set to get underway in just under two months' time. Following years of delays, Hawai'i now gets the chance to host the masses at this year's Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) hui for the first time in the events 52-year history. Ethan Oneroa begins our coverage leading up to the coveted event.

Te Reanga Morehu o Ratana will join 12 other teams competing at the Te Kāhui Maunga senior kapa haka regionals in Te Hāwera on Saturday.

Sold-out kapa haka regionals build momentum for Te Matatini


7 March 2024

Te Kāhui Maunga kapa haka regional competition in Taranaki this weekend has sold out with more than 3000 fans scooping up the tickets, organisers say.

Budget 2023 provides significant investment in kapa haka

The Beehive

22 May 2023

The Government’s continued recognition of and support for the important place Kapa Haka has in Aotearoa was evident today at a celebration at Te Wharekura o Kirikiriroa Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Willow-Jean Prime said.



24 June 2022

Today RNZ Concert launches the new three-part series celebrating 50 years of NZ’s foremost Māori performing arts festival and national kapa haka competitions.

The three-part series Te Matatini 50 will be broadcast at 7pm Friday, Saturday and Monday of Matariki weekend on RNZ Concert – home to the finest music in Aotearoa. (Here is how to listen)



14 April 2022

“From those beautiful beginnings to now it’s absolutely fantastic and a fantastic time to celebrate 50 years.”

– Carl Ross, Te Manahautū – Te Matatini

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